IMessage Contains A Bug That Can Freeze iOS Devices

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A software developer has dicovered a shocking new security flaw, "text bomb", which can reportedly crash any iPhone just by a text message. Once the victim clicks on the malicious link, the app gets bombarded by an overload of coding, causing it to crash indefinitely. The URL leads to a Github page which in turn exploits a bug dubbed chaiOS to cause chaos. Apple's response, apparently, was to get the code yanked from the internet, but that's, at best, a short-term solution. Many say the Messages app becomes completely unusable through constant crashing, especially if they try to re-enter the conversation. The name would indicate that it only affects iPhones and iPads although what it really attacks is the Messages app, regardless of whether it is running on iOS or macOS. Software developer Abraham Masri, the brain behind the bug, gave it the name "chaiOS".

A few days ago we detailed a new iOS and macOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific message.

The users are reporting effects such as freezing, crashes, restarts and resprings, a process which takes about 10 seconds and returns you to the Lock Screen. "My main objective was to reach out to Apple and say, 'Hey, you've been ignoring my bug reports.' I always report the bug before releasing something", the developer said.

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"My GitHub is publicly accessible, so anyone can copy [the code]".

While Apple is yet to issue a patch to fix the bug, the only way remedy the flaw is to quit iMessage and delete the offending conversation thread from your computer. He said he'd reported the bug to Apple the previous day, he told BuzzFeed, but had not heard anything from the company.

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